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Poster: lobster12 Date: Nov 16, 2007 10:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: favorite "preachy" song

This can be non dead as well. I'm not into a song beating me over the head with lyrics to make a point, however, I always loved the song "tick tock". Anyone else have a song that clobbers you with a statement but is still a good tune?

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Poster: gilamonster58 Date: Nov 16, 2007 5:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: favorite 'preachy' song

Lots of good ones mentioned but I have to add some John Prine: Hello In There, Sam Stone, Spanish Pipedream (Blow Up Your TV), Six O'Clock News, Paradise, Your Flag Decal Won't Get You Into Heaven Anymore, Illegal Smile and on and on...

Well, you may see me tonight
With an illegal smile.
It don't cost very much
But it lasts a long while.
Will you please tell the man
I didn't kill anyone?
I was just trying to have me some fun.
Well done.
Hot dog bun.
My sister's a nun.

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Poster: Max Chorak Date: Nov 16, 2007 5:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: favorite 'preachy' song

Oops. heh... didn't read this thread at -all- haha.
(thought you meant preaching like.. well.. yeeeah)


Preachy song? Hmm..

I'll post back later --

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Poster: Max Chorak Date: Nov 16, 2007 5:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: favorite 'preachy' song












Someone on the archive posted Billy Preston's "That's the way God planned it" in a link that wasn't a youtube one, and I watched it and LOVED it! I've never heard of the man personally but here it is:



http://youtube.com/watch?v=UYxzPdv67yA It kills me when he dances at the end, ha

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Poster: cream-puff-war Date: Nov 17, 2007 10:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: favorite 'preachy' song

by far,
"Scheme Of Things" by Bunny Wailer (Protest - his 1979 lp, on Island)

Great horns, catchy back-up vocal part - "dubba ya all duh way, dubba ya all de way-aaay!"

Scheme Of Things (lyrics)

What are your words to your brother beings
What are you doing toward the scheme of things
What are your works toward your brother beings

Now let the truth shine bright through all your actions
As you strive toward the accomplishment of your missions
As you seek to feed the sheep of the shepherd
You'll be found worthy to enter into Jah vineyards
But there is too much polution in the land
Said I need some atmospheric vibration.
Too much confusion The whole world is suffering from illusions

But Redemption stands within the Scheme of things
The Redeemer is called the King of Kings
Who purifies the soul from unclean things,
So know your place within the scheme of things.

Wise ones will hear and will increase their learnings
From the words of the wise and their Bright sayings,
Now how long ye simple ones will ye love simplicities
You'd better rise and awake from your slumbering mentalities.

For the wind of desperation will increase crime-waves and demonstrations
But the rock of discretion will calm the floods of conflict and convictions.
So what are you doing toward the scheme of things
What are your words to your brother beings
What are you doing, toward the scheme of things.
What are your works forward your Brother Beings.



runner-up:

Good Shepherd - Jefferson Airplane

Lyrics: Traditional
Music: Traditional, arr Kaukonen

Performed by Jorma with Phil Lesh & Friends, and once also with Bob Weir in Ratdog.

If you want to get to heaven
Over on the other shore
Stay out of the way of the long-tongue liar
Oh good shepherd
Feed my sheep

Chorus
One for Paul
One for Silas
One for to make my heart rejoice
Can't you hear my lambs a-calling
Oh good shepherd
Feed my sheep

If you want to get to heaven
Over on the other shore
Stay out of the way of the blood-stained bandit
Oh good shepherd
Feed my sheep

[chorus]

If you want to get to heaven
Over on the other shore
Stay out of the way of the gun shot devil
Oh good shepherd
Feed my sheep

[chorus]

Recordings

1999 Love Will See You Through (Phil Lesh & Friends)

The original Jefferson Airplane recording was on "Volunteers"




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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Oct 2, 2008 3:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: favorite 'preachy' song

surprised no one mentioned our own beloved boys' tune: THROWING STONES


Shipping powders back and forth
Singing "black goes south and white comes north"
And the whole world full of petty wars
Singing "I got mine and you got yours"
And the current fashions set the pace
Lose your step, fall out of grace
while the radical he rant and rage
saying someone's got to turn the page
for the rich man in his summer home
singing just leave well enough alone
but his pants are down his cover's blown
and the politicians throwing stones
while the kids they dance to shake their bones
cause it's all too clear we're on our own
singing ashes ashes all fall down
ashes ashes all fall down

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Oct 2, 2008 5:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: favorite 'preachy' song

I always thought it was "Shifting powers back and Forth"

oh well

I'll go with Casey Jones for my current favorite preach song

Drivin' that Train High on Cocaine
Casey Jones you better Watch Your Speed...

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Poster: rastamon Date: Oct 2, 2008 6:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: favorite 'preachy' song

Shipping powders back and forth
Singing "black goes south and white comes north"

you see, the black powder (gun powder) goes mmm...south to dicktators
and the white powder (nose candy) goes north to us..sorta a guns for dope thing (??- sounds good in my head!)

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Nov 16, 2007 2:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: favorite 'preachy' song

I don't mind being clobbered over the head if I agree with the point AND more importantly it's done right. I'm a huge Dylan fan but then again he does it right imo.

One of my favorites is only a pawn in their game:


A bullet from the back of a bush took Medgar Evers' blood.
A finger fired the trigger to his name.
A handle hid out in the dark
A hand set the spark
Two eyes took the aim
Behind a man's brain
But he can't be blamed
He's only a pawn in their game.

A South politician preaches to the poor white man,
"You got more than the blacks, don't complain.
You're better than them, you been born with white skin," they explain.
And the Negro's name
Is used it is plain
For the politician's gain
As he rises to fame
And the poor white remains
On the caboose of the train
But it ain't him to blame
He's only a pawn in their game.

The deputy sheriffs, the soldiers, the governors get paid,
And the marshals and cops get the same,
But the poor white man's used in the hands of them all like a tool.
He's taught in his school
From the start by the rule
That the laws are with him
To protect his white skin
To keep up his hate
So he never thinks straight
'Bout the shape that he's in
But it ain't him to blame
He's only a pawn in their game.

From the poverty shacks, he looks from the cracks to the tracks,
And the hoof beats pound in his brain.
And he's taught how to walk in a pack
Shoot in the back
With his fist in a clinch
To hang and to lynch
To hide 'neath the hood
To kill with no pain
Like a dog on a chain
He ain't got no name
But it ain't him to blame
He's only a pawn in their game.

Today, Medgar Evers was buried from the bullet he caught.
They lowered him down as a king.
But when the shadowy sun sets on the one
That fired the gun
He'll see by his grave
On the stone that remains
Carved next to his name
His epitaph plain:
Only a pawn in their game.


I also enjoy Woodie Guthrie as well. Kind of a personal American hero

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Nov 16, 2007 11:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: favorite 'preachy' song

My Sisters And Brothers
Lyrics: Charles Johnson
Music: Charles Johnson

Played with the Jerry Garcia Band from the mid-70s through the 90s

I want to say to my sisters and my brothers
Keep the faith
When the storm flies and the wind blows
Go on at a steady pace
When the battle is fought and the victory's won
We can all shout together, we have overcome
We'll talk to the Father and the Son
When we make it to the promised land

Chorus
If we walk together, little children
We won't ever have to worry
Through this world of trouble
We've got to love one another
Let us take our fellow man by the hand
Try to help him to understand
We can all be together
For ever and ever
When we make it to the promised land

Our bible reads
Thou shalt not be afraid
Of the terror by night
Nor the arrow that flies by day
Nor for the pestilence
That walketh in the darkness
Nor for the destruction
That waiteth in the noonday hour

[chorus]

This world is not our home
We are only passing through
Our trail is all made up
Way beyond the blue
Let us do the very best that we can
While we're travelin' through this land
We can all be together
Shaking a hand
When we make it to the promised land

[chorus]

When we make it to the promised land children
Make it to the promised land children
Make it to the promised land children
Make it to the promised land
When we make it to the promised land sisters
Make it to the promised land children
We can all be together, forever and ever
When we make it to the promised land

[chorus]

We can all be together, forever and ever
When we make it to the promised land

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Poster: Ellis Van Sofa Date: Nov 16, 2007 1:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: favorite 'preachy' song

Joni Mitchell - Big Yellow Taxi

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Poster: johnnyonthespot Date: Nov 16, 2007 2:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: favorite 'preachy' song

here's some Guthrie Lyrics that were done by Billy Bragg on Mermaid Avenue II. Written as a Campaign song, sad to see how NOTHING has changed in regards to what is expressed here:

" I ain't the world's best writer nor the world's best speller
But when I believe in something I'm the loudest yeller
If we fix it so's you can't make money on war
We'll all forget what we're killing folks for
We'll find us a peace job equal and free
Dump Smathers-Dupont in a salty sea
Well, this makes Stetson Kennedy the man for me "

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Poster: fireeagle Date: Nov 16, 2007 2:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: favorite 'preachy' song

masters of war
http://bobdylan.com/songs/masters.html

eve of destruction - barry mcguire or hot tuna

i see the light - hot tuna

i am the light of this world - jorma kaukonen



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Poster: scav_engr Date: Nov 17, 2007 2:42pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: favorite 'preachy' song

Yeah, and out of all the great tunes mentioned in this thread- "Tick Tock", wondered if you meant SRV, HUGE fan of that one too. Also, for SRV with that- "Life by the Drop" off of the "Sky is Crying".

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Nov 16, 2007 11:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: favorite 'preachy' song

Oh yeah . . .this one too . . .not sure if it is actually preachy

Magic Johnson - RHCP

l. a. lakers fast break makers
kinds of the court shake and bake all takers
back to back is a bad ass fact a claim that remains in tact
m-a-g-i-c see you on the court
buck has come to play his way and his way is to thwart
m-a-g-i-c magic of the buck
other teams pray for dreams
but he don't give a [fuck]
penetrating the lane like a bullet train
comes the magic blood a telepathic brain
knucklehead suckers better duck
when the buck comes through like a truck
scott stops pops and drops it in
on his way back gets a little skin
from the hand of a man named a. c. green
slam so hard break your t.v. screen
worthy's hot with his tomahawk
take it to the hole make your mamma talk
i hate to burst your bubble but triple double trouble
is coming to your town and he's going to make rubble
l. a. lakers fast break makers
kings of the court shake and bake all takers
back to back is a bad ass fact a claim that remains in tact
lakers are the team that i watch on the telly
cause they got more moves
that a bowl full of jelly
the buck stops here - pops - then cheers
a roar through the forum
that deafens my ears
the one and only know if his kind
sits in a throne
not for the records that he holds
but for being bald and bold
kareem abdul jabbar
all time great super super star
i hate to burst your bubble but triple double trouble
is coming to your town and he's going to make rubble
does anybody want some magic johnson
l. a. lakers fast break makers
kings of the court shake and bake all takers
back to back is a bad ass fact a claim that remains in tact

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Nov 16, 2007 10:58am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: favorite 'preachy' song

Are you talking U2's 11 o'clock tick tock? If not, unfamiliar with the tune.

Preachy/message songs I like, and stand up to repeated listening:

patti smith - gloria
clash - washington bullets
elvis costello - oliver's army
dylan - masters of war (esp as covered by the roots)
bruce cockburn - if i had a rocket launcher
jello biafra/mojo nixon [lard] - cover of phil och's "love me, love me, love me, i'm a liberal
curtis mayfield - freddie's dead (great version by fishbone)
the entire gil scott heron catalogue, but especially b-movie and home is where the hatred is



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Poster: lobster12 Date: Nov 16, 2007 11:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: favorite 'preachy' song

Actually, The stevie ray vaughn Tick tock. At least that's the name I have referred to it as. It could have a different title.

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Poster: bluedevil Date: Nov 16, 2007 12:06pm
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got it - would change my response because "preachy" takes on different context for me vis-a-vis the srv tune versus u2. that said,
all you need is love - beatles [but try to pay the rent with it - keef richards]
people get ready - curtis mayfield
waiting for a miracle - bruce cockburn (as performed by jgb]
higher ground - stevie wonder
one love - bob marley

ok. back to work for me....
devil with the blue dress on - mitch ryder (what the ???)



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Poster: lobster12 Date: Nov 16, 2007 12:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: favorite 'preachy' song

Funny, when I saw U2 I thought you might mention "pride", although that's borderline. I don't think it's overkill

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Poster: spacedface Date: Oct 2, 2008 1:51am
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It all rolls into one
and nothing comes for free
There's nothing you can hold
for very long
And when you hear that song
come crying like the wind
it seems like all this life
was just a dream
Stella Blue

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Poster: AshesRising Date: Nov 16, 2007 11:47pm
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lobster12: Nice post;

Forever Young
I Shall Be Released
The Wheel
Gomorrah
Comes A Time
Eyes of the World
Uncle John's Band

However, in reality, regardless of my any "preachy" tunes I will forever be tangled-up in blue waiting to get up and fly away.... naturally, only if the Good Lord's willin'. Thanks again for nice post.
--- AshesRising

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Poster: bigbossdan Date: Nov 16, 2007 1:10pm
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Buffalo Springfield - For What Its Worth
Marvin Gaye - What's Going On

A huge second to Masters of War - haven't heard the Roots version, but Eddie Vedder nails it too.

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Poster: Toadsmoker Date: Nov 16, 2007 1:36pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: favorite 'preachy' Album

UPRISING - Bob Marley and the Wailers
Blood on the Tracks - Bob Dylan
From the Underground of Red Boy - Robbie Robertson
Harvest Wind - Neil Young

....and 'Tick Tock' was by the Vaughn Brothers. Don't forget South Dallas Jimmy.

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Poster: fireeagle Date: Nov 16, 2007 2:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: favorite 'preachy' Album

exodus

blackheart man - bunny wailer

equal rights - peter tosh

2 7´s clash - culture

baldhead bridge - culture

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Poster: mcglone Date: Nov 16, 2007 4:29pm
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basically every joint off 'it takes a nation of millions to hold us back'. one of the great preachy/message albums of all time. really!

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Poster: mcgannahan Date: Nov 16, 2007 4:58pm
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positively fourth street, masters of war, like a rolling stone, new speedway boogie, ship of fools